Autograph ABP (London) and the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD), (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg) are hosting a three-day conference to coincide with the opening of Black Chronicles IV, an exhibition curated by Renée Mussai (Senior Curator and Head of Archive and Research at Autograph ABP).
Using the exhibition and photographic portraiture as a departure point, the conference builds upon a critical rethinking of curatorial practice, as traditionally bound to a colonial logic of collection, arrangement, ‘safe-keeping’ and display. Challenging the authorial custodianship associated with this tradition, and its historic (but lingering) application in the ethnographic/raciogenic arrangement of marginalised bodies, proposed in this reappraisal is an ethical recourse to curatorial care – where contemporary practices linked to traditional understandings of curating, as a ‘caring for objects’, are reconstituted in relation to (re)-acknowledged subjectivities.
Confirmed speakers are Professor Anthony Bogues (Curator, Academic and Director of the Centre for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University), Professor Jay Pather (Curator, Choreographer and Director of the Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town), Renée Mussai (Senior Curator and Head of Archive and Research, Autograph ABP, London) and Professor Deborah Willis (Artist, Curator and Chair of the Dept. of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University).
Venue: FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Bunting Rd Campus, Bunting Rd, Auckland Park